A beer fueled Amazon purchase is the reason I shoot with a pinhole camera today. In classic sitcom plot line style, lets back up about 2 years ago. I became obsessed with Ian Ruhter's Silver & Light project where he built a giant wet plate camera out of an old food truck. He spoke to me. I had recently quit my job to pursue making a life around creating art. But as much as I was enjoying the separation from corporate life. I felt there was something missing with my digital work. I missed the physical element of creation. I missed all my senses being involved in the creation process. In addition, the ease and convenience of digital didn't demand 100% of my attention. The urge to look at the image on the back LCD proved too strong pulling me out of the creation mode into editing mode with each glance. Every shutter click became an interruption in the creative flow rather than it's continuation. Ruhter's words provided a solution but I couldn't afford to build a similar truck camera.
A couple months later, Ian released a video creating tiny wetplates with a modified Holga. Here was my answer. A $30 plastic camera was well in my budget. I jumped onto Amazon and quickly placed my order. A few days later the box arrived. I ripped it open to find that in a beer induced hurry that I purchased the pinhole version of a Holga rather than the required standard version. The joy of receiving the key to a new world within photography was quickly replaced with anger and disappointment. Those emotion killed any excitement I had for this new journey. Consequently, the box remained on my desk undisturbed for a couple weeks until I look past my failure and experiment with the camera. With an errant purchase and the stubbornness not to just go back buy the right camera, I started exploring the world of pinhole photography.